This is a super long post so I'll try not to blab too much! (I always say that, haha!) This is the holiday collection from China Glaze for 2014! It consists of a mix of crèmes, shimmers, glitter polishes and glitter topcoats! There's a little something for everyone. China Glaze is known for their super fine glitters around the holidays, they are so pretty! Thank you so much to China Glaze for sending these over to me for review :)
This is also the first full collection I've swatched with my indoor lights. I've been working on getting decent pictures inside, boy, it is not easy! I prefer outdoor pictures BY FAR but it is so gray and yuck here for days and weeks on hand it's just not possible. I take all my pics with my iPhone 6, which takes really great pics! Some of them seem a little darker here than they do on my phone screen, maybe it's just my computer? I don't know what's going on there. Working on it! :)
I've also included a few comparison pics (bottle shots) for those that seemed familiar as I was going through them! There is no topcoat on these swatches except where noted.
First is Tip Your Hat. This is 2coats, almost could be a one-coater. Yall, I'm not a red girl, but I love this! I don't know what it is! This is a fav for me.
|Tip Your Hat|
Define Good. 2 coats. Almost could be a one-coater as well. This one walks the line between being a little too frosty/metallic but just barely on the good side. I should have matted this one!
Often times when I get swatching I get a little side tracked. Probably why it takes me so long! But a little variety and options are a good thing, right?? :) I thought No Peeking would look good matte. I used the Zoya matte topcoat (China Glaze has one too, but I've only seen it in a mini)
|No Peeking, matte|
right of the bat No Peeking reminded me of Zoya Haven from the new Wishes collection but they are actually pretty different.
Out Like a Light. This is ONE COAT! A super opaque super dark gray crème. Wow!
|Out Like a Light|
A look at a few other China Glaze grays I have. This one is way darker than Recycle, I thought they would be closer. It is similar to Concrete Catwalk but way more opaque.
Chillin with my Snow-mies (giggle) is a white matte glitter topcoat. I did fish around and placed a few of the larger glitters, and brushed on the smaller ones. As with most glitters it's heavy on the clear base. You can also dump some out on a plate, etc, and use a dotting tool or toothpick to pick them up and place them. I love this!
One dabbed coat over Out Like a Light.
|Chillin' With My Snow-Mies|
I thought this would look good matte too. Heart eyes! gosh!
Next is I'd Melt for You. A silver chrome, I used 2 coats. You do have to be aware that with polishes like this you will have brush strokes, but they go a way a little when it dries. You also have to work quick or it will drag. I was prepared for the formula to be a disaster (chromes usually are) and it was pretty good!
This is verrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy similar to OPI Push and Shove. Not quite as mirror-metallic, but if you missed out on that, this is as close as you will get.
|I'd Melt For You|
Here's a another topper, called De-Light. This is one coat over I'd Melt for You. Screams New Years, right??? The glitter payoff is pretty good in this one, but I'm not sure you'd be able to get it opaque on it's own. There's tiny little micro gold dust glitter, small hexes, and small bar glitters. Bar glitters are quite polarizing, aren't they? I've come a long way on them. These are small enough and shiny enough that they are barely noticeable.
Next is December to Remember, a shimmery periwinkle blue with pink/purple shimmer. This one walks that frosty line too! It kind of reminds me of dolphins. Is that weird? haha! It looks like it would be sheer but it's not. 2 coats!
|December to Remember|
I also thought this one would look cool matte. Thoughts?
Meet Me Under the Stars. 2 coats. Black and gold microglitters in a black base. Yall......I'm on the fence. It has so much glitter that it does dry almost textured (shown here without topcoat so you can see what I mean) so you would think I would love it but...I don't know. Maybe I would like it better with topcoat. The formula is a little thick for me. It does look like a starry sky, though, right?
|Meet Me Under the Stars|
Feeling Twinkly, a blue micro glitter. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I will never not love polishes like this! This is super packed so it can be a topper with one coat over another color or you can wear it on its own. This pic is 3 thin coats with topcoat.
I wanted to show it's opacity in levels.
|3 coats, no topcoat|
|with Fairy Dust|
Here 's a quick look at some other similar polished I have. You can see it's pretty similar to Star Light, Star Bright by Salon Perfect (which is almost a dupe for China Glaze Dorothy Who? which I want sooooo bad. Why? Why do I need that?)
This Pine-ing for Glitter, a spruce green microglitter. The glitters are a touch bigger in this one than the blue. I used 3 coats plus topcoat here. The opacity in layers is the same as the blue.
|Pine-ning for Glitter|
This is 3 thin coats plus topcoat. You can also wear this as a topper!
|Dancing and Prancing|
Final Thoughts: This is a huge collection! My pics are Tip Your Hat (red), Out like a Light (gray), Chillin with my Snowmies (glitter topper), and Dancin and Prancin (rose multi glitter)! You know, If I had to choose :)
These area available now where ever China Glaze is Sold!!!